PureBlack Racing will start in the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama this weekend, the first NRC Criterium event of the season. The race is a change in schedule for the team who were ready to race in the Vuelta a Mexico, which has now been delayed until later in the year.
Greg Cross, Business Director, PureBlack Racing said, “We were keen to race this weekend after such a strong showing at the Redlands Classic last weekend. We received an influx of invites as a result of our performance including this weekend’s Sunny King Criterium in Alabama. We still plan to race in the tour in Mexico as it always attracts a large international, we’ll add it to the schedule again as soon as a new date has been set.”
Carl Williams, Sports Director, PureBlack Racing said, “We have a strong Criterium team this year, and most of our season consists of Stage racing, so it’s a great opportunity to race this style of event. It’ll be a fast and furious race in front of hundreds of people and at night. Tim Gudsell will be wearing his Criterium National Championship Skinsuit which sports a large Silver Fern alongside the Pure Black Avanti Logos. It’ll be pretty special to see Tim showing his country and team colours like that.”
PureBlack Racing turned in a top 5 team performance at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California last weekend finishing fourth overall on Team General Classification. Roman van Uden had a spectacular win on the Criterium stage and also secured the Green Sprint Ace jersey for the tour.
The Sunny King Criterium runs April 9 and 10. PureBlack Racing’s starting team for the event is Tim Gudsell, Daniel Barry, Mike Northey, Shem Rodger, Roman Van Uden and James Williamson. PureBlack will be racing Bissell, Fly V, Kelly Benefits, Kenda, Chipotle, Team Type 1, and the other continental teams.
Carl Williams said, “It’s great this weekend’s race is going to be streamed live on the internet. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our Kiwi fans, friends and family to get closer to the action and watch PureBlack Racing live in the United States.”
The NRC Criterium on April 9 featuring PureBlack Racing will be streamed live via www.velonews.com/live and www.sunnykingcriterium.com at 7:30pm Central Standard Time.
The other 6 PureBlack Racing riders Glen Chadwick, Louis Crosby, Taylor Gunman, Mark Langlands Scott Lyttle, and James McCoy will race ina local boulder race the Mead Roubaix. The Mead Roubaix is timed to coincide with the great French 1 day classic Paris Roubaix.